White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being.
The 16 Days of Activism begins on 25 November on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10 which is International Human Rights Day. These two dates highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse and that human rights cannot be universal without human rights for women.
During the 16 days, activists around the world use the campaign to further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender based violence, to celebrate victories gained by the Women’s Rights Movement, challenge policy and practice that allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and demand that violence against women be recognised as an abuse of human rights.
Hobsons Bay City Council have a history of promoting this important campaign, and have an ongoing commitment to stand up and call out negative and harmful attitudes to women, and to raise awareness of how violence begins in society.
White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon Day is a national campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education. It runs programs with young people, schools, workplaces and across the broader community, and has a range of male advocates and ambassadors speaking out against violence towards women.
White Ribbon Day in Australia is held annually on 23 November and plays a supporting role to the United Nations UNiTE to End Violence against Women and The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence campaigns which are held internationally from 25 November – 10 December each year.